ABOUT TOWN: Stoughton Volunteers to be Honored; Trinity Church Welcomes New Leader (And More...)

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VOLUNTEERS TO BE HONORED: A tradition started a few years back by former Board of Selectmen Chairman Steve Anastos will continue later this month under the direction of current Chairman John Stagnone.

All volunteers in the town will be invited to a barbecue lunch on September 22 at the .  The fun will start at 12:30 p.m.

Stagnone tells About Town that all town meeting members and volunteers on boards, commissions, and committees will be receiving their invitations soon. 

“There will be a couple of hundred people invited, and usually around 125 show up,” he tells me, adding, “We tried to do something in December of 2011 with the Events Committee, but it never got off the ground.  So, instead of doing another event inside town hall, I thought it would be nice to change venues. There will be lots of outdoor activities.”  

DJ (and Stoughton Chamber Chairman of the Board) Chris Petrie will host the festivities. The Y’s Joe Leaver will arrange fun activities, including volleyball, waffle ball, and rope climbing. 

In the event of rain, the fun and food will be moved indoors. Peppercorns at the YMCA will cater the affair, and feature chicken, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, garden salad and pasta salad. 

Sounds like a fun time. I’ll tell you all about it right here in About Town!

WELCOME REVEREND LAURIE TO STOUGHTON: Trinity Parish Episcopal Church in Stoughton as welcomed a new priest in charge.  About Town wants the community to know about the dynamic Rev. Laurie Rofinot

Reverend Rofinot is a priest in the Diocese of Massachusetts, and has served as a field education supervisor and community organizer. She was previously with St. James Church in Cambridge. Laurie has been on the Massachusetts Clergy Association (MECA) board for four years and currently serves as its treasurer. Laurie has been married to Patrick Michaels since 1980, and they have one teenage daughter, Marian. 

The Church, located at , has a full calendar of upcoming events.  Sunday, September 16th will be Rev. Rofinot's first official Sunday service.  There will be a service at 9:30 a.m., followed by a celebratory breakfast in the Parish Hall. John Kingsbury, the Senior Warden, would like to see members of the community some to the service and breakfast. 

On the Church's website, leadership writes, "This marks the beginning of a bright new era for Trinity. We hope everyone will attend this mass and celebration, and invite your friends along with parishioners who may not have been regular attendees. It will also provide an opportunity to thank the Profile and Search Committee members who worked with patience and diligence for so long."  

It should be noted that two members of Stoughton's School Committee are also on Trinity Church's leadership team. Vestry members include Tom Colburn and Deborah Sovinee.

Trinity Church will also hold a Rummage Sale on Friday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, September 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Save the date. Admission is FREE. The Church is handicapped accessible.


ENDORSEMENT:  Stoughton's State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton), has endorsed Attorney Bob Jubinville, one of four candidates vying for the Democrat Party's nomination for , which includes Stoughton.

Joyce wrote: "The Governor's Council has the important job of confirming judicial nominees, who are appointed for life.  Bob Jubinville is among the most respected trial lawyers in Massachusetts, is a former state police detective, and a veteran.  His courtroom experience, maturity and judgment will serve us well on the Governor's Council.  He is by far the most qualified candidate running for this position."

The state primary election is on Thursday, September 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.


HOOP SIGN UPS:  STOYAC recreation basketball sign-ups are being held Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday September 13 in the O'Donnell Middle School cafeteria from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program is for second graders through high school. 

If you are interested in coaching in this program please sign-up at this time as well. For further information call George Dolinsky, Program Director at 781-344-8304.


Snyder's Stoughton September 06, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Happy 50th Birthday to Senator Joyce, incidentally!


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